Princeton University

Princeton University

Founded in 1746, Princeton University is located in Princeton, New Jersey. Originally, it was established as the College of New Jersey. In 1756, it was moved to Princeton and adopted its present name. The main campus of the college sits on around 600 acres of land. Princeton University has ranked first among national universities from 2001 to 2008 according to U.S. News and World Report. The university comprises of the following academic units:

  • Butler College
  • Forbes College
  • Mathey College
  • Rockefeller College
  • Whitman College
  • Wilson College

Some of the famous alumni of Princeton University are John F. Kennedy, the 35th President of the United States; Woodrow Wilson, the 28th President of the United States; and Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon.com.

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Princeton University
Princeton , NJ 08544-0070
General Phone: (609) 258-3000

Princeton Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Liberal Arts679East Asian studies, Near/Middle east studies, comparative literature, Slavic languages, German language, Romance languages, Classical languages, English, interdisciplinary studies, ...
Science342molecular biology, ecology, astrophysics, atmospheric sciences, chemistry, geological and earth sciences, physics
Engineering289chemical engineering, civil engineering, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, operations research
Family and Social Work160public policy analysis
Religion and Philosophy93philosophy, religion
Computer Science and Engineering76computer engineering
Therapy and Counseling72psychology
Fine Arts59art history and criticism
Architecture and Planning39architecture
Mathematics32mathematics, applied mathematics
Business and Management21finance

Number of programs and degrees for Princeton in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree1,13734
Master's degree43637
Doctor's degree30736

Princeton Student Body

In 2007-2008, Princeton had a total enrollment of 7,261 students (7,349 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 50%
Women 50%
Full-Time 100%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 67%
Graduate 33%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 48%
Black 7%
Hispanic 6%
Asian 12%
American Indian 1%
Unknown 7%
(Foreign Students) 20%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 1%
18-19 29%
20-21 32%
22-24 14%
25-29 17%
30-34 5%
35-39 1%
40-49 0%
50-64 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

New Jersey17%
(International Students)13%
New York11%
North Carolina1%
Washington, DC1%

Princeton Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 97 %

Princeton Room and Board (2007)

Princeton offers campus housing for 4,782 of its 7,349 (full-time) students. Freshmen are required to live on campus.

(Please refer to our profile of Princeton, New Jersey for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other New Jersey Colleges).

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

Princeton Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal690790
SAT Math700790
SAT Writing690780
ACT Verbal3135
ACT Math3035
ACT Composite3134

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrecommended
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrecommended
Formal Demonstration of Competencerecommended
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT98%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT22%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required

Princeton Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 34,290
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 34,290
Room and board $ 11,405
Room charge $ 6,250
Board (meal plan) charge $ 5,200
Books and supplies $ 1,200
Other expenses $ 2,935

Financial Aid:
Princeton participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 262700)

Princeton Faculty

Princeton has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track10166
Non-tenured and not on tenure track7666

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year366$182,84788$169,898
Associate professoracademic year59$114,29725$114,276
Assistant professoracademic year101$88,85066$81,191
Instructoracademic year15$65,3071*
Lectureracademic year62$86,92665$65,220
All faculty totalacademic year603$147,609245$112,127

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Princeton Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football Ivy Group
Basketball Ivy Group
Baseball Ivy Group
Track Ivy Group

Princeton Degree Programs (2007)

Architecture And Planning
Architecture (BArch, BA/BS, MArch, MA/MS, PhD)

Business And Management
Finance, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Engineering, General

Chemical Engineering
Civil Engineering, General
Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
Operations Research

Family And Social Work
Public Policy Analysis

Fine Arts
Art History, Criticism and Conservation

Liberal Arts
Classics/Classical Languages, Lit & Linguistics, General
Comparative Literature
Demography and Population Studies
East Asian Studies
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
German Language and Literature
History, General
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Near and Middle Eastern Studies
Political Science and Government, General
Romance Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
Slavic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General

Applied Mathematics
Mathematics, General

Music, General

Religion And Philosophy
Religion/Religious Studies

Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology, General
Chemistry, General
Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences, Other
Molecular Biology
Physics, General

Therapy And Counseling
Psychology, General

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